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A Need for Knowledge February 21, 2009

Posted by AR in Uncategorized.


The Bhagavad-gita defines intelligence as the ability to differentiate between spirit and matter, that which is temporary and that which is eternal.  Krishna explains as one changes clothes similarly we change bodies that the end of live, in that our bodies are temporary whereas our souls remain eternal.  New bodies are awarded according to the desires and activities of one’s previous birth.  We can see that in the absence of this knowledge, our society has become obsessed by the pursuit of temporary gains, such as better bodies, nicer cars, bigger houses, more clothes, larger incomes, etc.  But where can one go to learn about the real meaning of life, far beyond the demands of materialism and comsumer culture?

At the Institute for Vaishnava Studies, we provide education to students who are interested in discovering an alternative way of living.  By studying ancient books of knowledge like the Bhagavad-gita, we learn that the highest degree of freedom is found when we do not identify ourselves according to gender, ethnicity, color, creed, economic class, IQ, etc.  But what is the alternative?

We extend an open invitation to anyone in the community to attend our classes for further discussion and explanation of these ideas.  Our morning class is a continuous study of the Srimad Bhagavatam, an Indo-European scripture over 5,000 years old.  Srila Prabhupada explains in the introduction of this text that it is a “transcendental creation meant to bring about a revolution in the impious life of a misdirected civilization.”  Do you have a need for knowledge?



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